Saudi Arabia to procure S-400 and several armament systems from Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia to procure S-400 and several armament systems from Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia to procure S-400 and several armament systems from Russian Federation

"In this particular case we can speak only for ourselves".

Saudi Arabia has also agreed to buy the U.S.'s THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile system, according to the RT news website on Saturday.

United States military sales to Saudi Arabia has come under increased scrutiny as a Saudi-led coalition is involved in military intervention in Yemen.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system, a defense cooperation official said Monday.

It is expected the sale will beef-up security in the nuclear-hungry Middle East. The deputy commander of Russia's Aerospace Force, Viktor Gumenny, said that the S-400 systems began to be armed with missiles capable of hitting targets in near space.

The Pentagon says the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of the advanced THAAD missile-defense system to Saudi Arabia for $15 billion, citing Iran among threats in the Middle East.


"This sale furthers USA national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats", a statement said.

Iran, whose hostile behaviour has got the USA and Saudi Arabia concerned recently, also happens to have one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East. "This visit is the beginning of strategic cooperation", al Harithi said.

Last week, Australia said it will outfit its new naval warships with Lockheed's Aegis air-defense system, which is also used by the US and Japan and would help the three navies coordinate on missile-defense missions.

The US deal is believed to be part of a $110 billion arms package promised by President Trump to the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

However, despite the difficulties, Saudi Arabia has made a decision to diversify its military suppliers, as it understands it can't rely on Washington so heavily.

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